"A Puzzling Review"5.0 starson by geekandnerd
Pros: Screen size
micro SD expansion
reputable manufacturer for support
Cons: Price (but see below)
excellent Android Market still doesn't compare to iStore
Summary: I have been in the market for a mini tablet that will fit in my pocket yet has a fairly large screen. I have a pre-paid phone and did not want or need that feature. I basically narrowed my choice down to the iPod Touch, Archos 43, or the Galaxy Player 5.0. I was not considering any 7" device. I read your review, and find several puzzling comments:Update:
"Putting aside the fact that this device is arriving about four years too late to be a meaningful competitor to the iPod Touch." I really don't care what the situation was 4 years ago - I'm looking to buy something NOW and need to compare my current choices - when Ford comes out with a contender to the Chevy Volt, should we berate them for being late or welcome the diversity?
"The Galaxy Player 5.0 may not be my cup of tea." Your personal preferences are irrelevant - you need to evaluate products from the potential user's point of view.
"let's take the iPod Touch out of the equation and assume that you've found your way to this review because of some deep-seeded aversion to Apple products." HUH??? The Apple is the most logical competition for the Player 5.0 and I need to know how they compare directly. I am leaning toward the Samsung because of the larger but still pocket-able screen size and the Pros noted above, but the Apple has a larger selection of apps and software.
The over-all tone of your review comes off as very biased and unprofessional. There are very excellent reviews of the Galaxy Player 5.0 at Slashgear, Theverge, Gadgetreview, IGN, and Liliputing (all ending in .com)and I really did expect better from CNET. Most of your readers, if they are like me, want honest, fair appraisals and do not have a preconceived bias toward or against any particular product. Also, when you were commenting about the Samsung's price, you seem to have missed that all sellers lowered the price to $229 for several days around Black Friday weekend, so a permanent price drop is probably coming after Samsung assesses the sales data.
Updated on Dec 9, 2011
On Friday, 12/09/11, the price at Amazon is $209.99. At this price point, and given all the advantages that it has over the iPod (the larger - but still pocketable - screen size, the built-in GPS, the FM radio - with stereo speakers!, and the microSD expansion,) the deal now becomes, to quote Donald Bell, a "slam dunk!" I was hesitant at not being able to access the iTunes store, but the Android Market is growing by leaps and bounds. Times change, and I do not understand Donald Bell's reluctance to acknowledge changing market forces. Understanding those changes - mostly positive for us all - should be the reason why people turn to CNET for enlightenment.